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Temple High School (Texas)

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Temple High School is a public high school located in Temple, Texas, United States. As of the 2018–2020 biennial realignment, it is classified as a 6A school by the UIL. It is part of the Temple Independent School District located in central Bell County. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]

Temple High School
415 North 31st Street


United States
Coordinates31°06′25″N 97°21′12″W / 31.10698°N 97.35347°W / 31.10698; -97.35347Coordinates: 31°06′25″N 97°21′12″W / 31.10698°N 97.35347°W / 31.10698; -97.35347
School typePublic high school
School districtTemple Independent School District
PrincipalDr. Jason Mayo
Enrollment2,269[1] (2017)
Athletics conferenceUIL Class AAAAAA
YearbookCotton Blossom

Temple High School became an International Baccalaureate authorized school in 1992 and is currently one of 46 IB authorized high schools in Texas. To date, Temple High School has awarded over 100 IB diplomas.


History of racial segregation in Temple education systemEdit

A "Temple Colored School" was organized in 1885, and in 1912 a two-story building was erected with eleven classrooms, a science lab, and a principal's office. The first high school was organized in 1915, and in 1925 was renamed Dunbar High School. In 1952, the Dunbar High School campus was opened and the school was later renamed Dunbar-Meridith High School in memory of G. C. Meridith who served as principal for more than 2 decades. Dunbar-Meridith served as a high school until 1968 when the campus was merged with the whites-only Temple High School.[3]

The Dunbar Panthers football team was coached by Curtis B. Elliott, and they won the state championship in 1939. Coach Elliott coached at Dunbar High School for 36 years.[3]


The Temple Wildcats compete in the following sports:[4]

State titlesEdit

Temple (UIL)

  • Football[5]
    • 1979 (4A), 1992 (5A/D2)
  • Boys' basketball[6]
    • 1932 (All)
  • One-act play[7]
    • 2007 (5A), 2016 (5A)

Temple Dunbar (PVIL)

  • Boys' basketball[6]
    • 1958 (PVIL-3A)
  • Boys' track[8]
    • 1953 (PVIL-2A)

Football historyEdit

The Temple Wildcats have a history of excellence in football. As of the end of the 2017 football season, the school is ranked fourth behind Highland Park, Amarillo, and Plano in the state of Texas for total games won with 753.[9]

State Championships (2): 1979 (4A), 1992 (5A Div. 2)[10]

State Championship Game Appearances (9): 1940 (2A), 1941 (2A), 1951 (3A), 1952 (3A), 1976 (4A), 1979 (4A), 1992 (5A Div. 2), 2014 (5A Div. 1), 2016 (5A Div. 1)[11]

Additional Football Statistics[12]

  • State Quarterfinalists (10)
  • Regional Champions (13)
  • Area Champions (13)
  • Bi-District Champions (23)
  • District Champions (34)
  • Playoff appearances (41)

Notable alumniEdit

[Sam Houston State University], (SigEp) Founding father.


  1. ^ UIL 2018-2020 Reclassification and Realignment
  2. ^ "2015 Accountability Rating System" (PDF). Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-10.
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ The Athletics Department
  5. ^ Lone Star Football Network
  6. ^ a b UIL Boys Basketball Archives Archived 2012-03-06 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ UIL One Act Play Archives Archived 2015-06-01 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ PVIL Boys Track Archives
  9. ^ All-Time Wins
  10. ^ State Championships
  11. ^ State Championshipship Appearances
  12. ^ Texas State Football Records
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